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Authority and Jurisdiction
Public Safety uniformed personnel include communications control officers, building guards, security officers and campus police officers. Campus police officers wear dark blue uniforms with red piping; other uniformed officers wear white shirts and dark blue trousers with light blue piping. Investigators from the Criminal Investigation Unit are not in uniform. All officers are equipped with two-way radios.
University campus police officers are licensed by the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police with police authority on University property and adjacent streets. Every police officer has completed training and is a graduate of a police academy within the State of Rhode Island. All police officers are required to meet annual licensure qualifications as designated by Rhode Island State law.
University Public Safety personnel work in a collaborative manner with the Providence Police Department. The Public Safety Department forwards all police reports to the Providence Police Department. Brown Police Detectives then work with Providence Police Detectives to coordinate the follow-up of particular criminal matters.
The Public Safety Department, as required by Federal law, forwards hate crime statistics to the Rhode Island State Police. The National Crime Information Center Network, which is coordinated through the Rhode Island State Police computer system, houses a terminal at the Public Safety Communications Control Center located in Faunce Arch. Lastly, the Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police Department, United States Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, work with University police whenever a domestic or international dignitary visits the Brown University campus.
Off-Campus Student Organizations
Brown University has one recognized student organization with off-campus housing facilities that they own. As is the case with individual students who live off campus in private residences, when problems or matters arise off-campus and are reported to Brown Public Safety, the response may be coordinated by the Campus Police and the Providence Police Department. Additionally, Brown Public Safety reports are filed with the Providence Police Department. Lastly, all students whether living on or off campus are bound to abide by the code of student conduct and in the cases of reported violations, students in nonuniversity residences are subject to discipline in accordance with Browns disciplinary procedures.